Argentina Rugby has been dealt a major blow during their World Cup preparations in that they may have to wait until 2010 before joining an annual international tournament.
The Argentinean Rugby Union (UAR) have been attempting to join rugby's elite in either the Tri-Nations or Six Nations tournament.
But it seems, according to the visiting IRB representative Morgan Buckley; progress will be stalled for at least three years.
"It's very difficult to talk about a date, but I think that until 2010 there won't be any changes in the competitions," he explained, speaking to minutouno.com.
The Pumas have defeated world champions England in November, followed by two home wins over Ireland - albeit second-string - in May/June.
However, Buckley is concerned that the amount of international fixtures and the structure off-the-field is restricting Argentina's progress.
"The idea is that every professional squad play between twenty to thirty games each season," he added.
"That isn't happening with Argentina, who play only six or seven.
"I came to help the Argentinean Rugby Union to find different ways to finance in case they will finally enter an international cup.
"The Pumas are professional, but they have their base in Europe.
"The UAR must demonstrate that, besides the team, there are structures, measures and directives to be part of a top-tournament."